South Bend, Indiana residents have likely seen a group of people holding signs on a downtown street corner saying messages such as, “Honk for Peace." Reynaldo Hernandez is one of those people. He and his wife, Glenda Rae, have been active fighters for peace and social justice issues in this city for decades. Born in Texas to parents of Mexican heritage, Ray later pursued a life as a minister. When Glenda Rae told him that she did not want to be a preacher’s wife, he switched gears. He found an opportunity in South Bend to work for El Centro Christiano Communidad helping the city’s booming migrant farm worker population. In 2011, he sat down with Indiana University South Bend’s Monica Tetzlaff. They talked about Ray’s life story, and his views of himself as, in his words, an Anglicized Mexican American.
On November 2, join us as we celebrate Día de los Muertos. It’s a traditional Mexican holiday that honors those who have passed away before us. Beginning at 5:30 pm on November 2, we’re joining our neighbors at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Arts and Culture to bring food, music, and art to our two spaces. View ofrendas, or altars that honor the lives of people who have passed away. Enjoy music from Notre Dame’s Ballet Folklorico, food, kids activities, and more. It’s all happening November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Civil Rights Heritage Center and the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture. I hope you can join us. For more, visit artsandculture.nd.edu/.
Learn more about South Bend’s history from the photographs and documents that helped create it. Visit Michiana Memory at michianamemory.sjcpl.org/.
Title music, “History Explains Itself,” from Josh Spacek. Visit his page on the Free Music Archive, www.freemusicarchive.org/.
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